Amsterdam, September 30 2008
Joost van Steenis,
I have decided to insert a new chapter two in my new book,
Why shouldn't WE change Our World, the Beginning of a New
The European Trade Union Congress just said that the capitalism is
on the brink of collapse.
Maybe but do they have any idea what to do after the collapse? I
don't think so, they are just an integrated part of our society and
will only propose something that fits the framework of the present
dominating ideas (the elitist paradigm) that regulate our society.
More control, more regulation of the financial sector, thus less
They have no idea that society only can change on the basis of
new ideas, new paradigms. Without new ideas people continue to grope
around in the dark and the old elite will come back, just as
happened after WWI, 1929 and WWII. The "democratic" opposition does
not have an alternative that gives masspeople a say in society.
Therefore I started in the first chapter of my book with some
horrendous facts and in this second chapter I emphasize the
importance of paradigms, the necessity to replace the elitist
paradigm that turns around Money, Power and Elitepeople by a new
paradigm that emphasizes that all people have equal status.
Only with a new paradigm WE can Change Our World!
Chapter 2New. The Power of the Paradigm
Humans have brains.
I do not want to change political systems, I want another paradigm,
a guideline with which we can built a better future!
You cannot get change by only criticizing what is wrong in the
world. You have to give an idea of a new paradigm that opens the way
to a world with different relations that are based on the assumption
that all people have the same status.
There is no solution for the present financial crisis within the
realm of the elitist paradigm. The proposed solutions are more of
the same, you only have to wait for the next crisis.
Most money will still be channelled to the top and what happens
with masspeople is not important.
The people at the top of the (financial) world still get huge
salaries, big bonuses (also when they are removed from their
positions) and a life in 5-star hotels, with expensive diners and
other meetings, very luxurious work places, the benefit of huge
amounts of money that are thrown away in sponsoring sports or arts,
the possibility to spend billions of dollars on charity for the poor
that cannot escape from their wretched life just because of the
politics of the top of the world, the excessive money spent on
safety (maybe someone indeed will attack them for their anti-human
policies) etceteras. They continue to live in their separate and
Everything continues to turn around money, in the first place
spent on the already privileged life of the Happy Few. The tax money
that will be used to bail out incapable leaders is just another
proof that the top keeps what it wants, more money than anyone
The elite is driven by the dominating elitist paradigm that the
elite was, is and shall be the leading force in the world. The Holy
Trinity of Elitepersons, Power and Money in which elitepersons have
the power to get more money than anyone else is the dominating idea
in our society.
I will later illustrate in many examples the effect of this
paradigm which makes living common people inferior to dead money.
In the course of time the elitist paradigm has taken over the minds
of all people and it is now hardly under discussion. Change has
become difficult because of the paradigm paralysis, the inability or
refusal to see beyond the current models of thinking. To change the
world it is imperative that the elitist paradigm is replaced by a
human paradigm that puts humans central, it is imperative that the
pivotal function of money is replaced by a central place for people
who should all be considered as having equal status. But in our time
all is dominated by the elitist paradigm. Products are made because
you can earn money with them, not because they are needed for the
people. All what is written in the media turns around money and not
around people. Do realise that and you will get an aversion against
what is happening and maybe the need for change will also grow in
The old and the new paradigm are not compatible, you cannot have
some of the one and some of the other. Solutions for problems will
be fundamentally different, so do not throw away your precious time
by concentrating on criticising proposed solutions. Maybe you can
change something, maybe not 800 billion but 600 billion of your
money is spent to correct the greedy wrongdoings of the top but the
next greedy people are already coming forward. Just as J. Pierpont
Morgan profited from the crisis in 1929 other Morgans will now
profit from the present crisis – and how masspeople live is not
important in their circles.
Humans are not mechanical entities, they are not machines or
robots, they are very special animals that can use their brains to
find new ways to live. The life of other animals is to a great
height regulated by instinct, by biological rhythms, by the
necessity to care for shelter, food and families. These items are
also important for humans but the human brain makes it possible to
act independently of the Forces of Nature.
By using their brains humans can achieve change. All activities to
change society must therefore be concentrated in the first place on
the way how people are thinking, how brains are used.
What happens in our brain is in our society indissolubly connected
with what happens in our world, practice and theory are two sides of
the same thing.
What happens in the mind dominates any action.
Most of what we are doing is guided by what happens in our brain
and all change must start in the thought world, must start with what
occurs in the brain. You must first wonder why people in leading
positions do what they are doing. Then you will arrive at the
conclusion that most if not all of their activities are inspired and
directed by the dominating paradigm that influences all processes in
People are driven by what they think. There it happens, all
practical activities are a reflection of the processes in the
brain. All actions should be directed on influencing the mind. When
there is no change in the mind (of leaders) all efforts to change
the world will be in vain.
A new paradigm is needed for change, a paradigm shift has to occur.
The new paradigm will provide new ideas and guidelines for the
practical behaviour of people.
Because any paradigm is always linked to practical results of
human activities based on this paradigm it is for change needed that
the new paradigm gives new and promising results and that the
results of actions built on the old paradigm are dwindling.
In other words it is needed that the elite will find it more and
more difficult to continue to live in its separated, prosperous and
privileged eliteworld and that masspeople realise that the new
paradigm gives them more possibilities in governing their own life.
They must become conscious of the fact that the new paradigm is
better for them than the old paradigm.
It is not so important how society is organised. The system (be it
anarchism, capitalism, communism, fascism, free market,
fundamentalism, socialism etceteras) is inferior to the leading
ideas behind the system. The organisation of the present society is
only vulnerable to ideas that go beyond the ideas that regulate the
organisation of our society. In all past and present systems power
is concentrated in the Happy Few and the majority of people plays a
secondary role. There have been and there still are some experiments
in which other ideas are tried out but these experiments only
attract a few good-willing people. Such experiments cannot cause a
world-wide change because the leading paradigm is not challenged.
An experiment with a cooperative association in Holland (in the
beginning of the twentieth century), started by the writer Frederick
van Eeden, lasted for about ten years.
The commune was called Walden after the famous book of Henry
David Thoreau. It failed because the influence of the outside world
(the elitist paradigm that puts money central) penetrated into the
colony and the idealistic paradigm of Van Eeden based on the idea
that people should work as they could and take what they needed
could not be realised. In the end the colony went down because the
debts to outside parties became too big – money was indeed the
ultimate reason that the colony could not continue to exist.
It is senseless to discuss if Indian capitalism is better or worse
than Chinese communism (regarding masspeople) because then you
discuss slightly different paradigms that are both part of the
elitist idea that the top must have more than the basis. Our
sympathy should go to that system that is most compatible with the
idea that all people should have equal status, compatible with a
paradigm in which people stand central. But although China is giving
masspeople more changes to be educated than India both systems are
in the first place deeply influenced by the long-existing elitist
paradigm that puts a special part of the population in first place.
In the present situation many masspeople attack the effects of the
elitist paradigm. They try with a few dollars to diminish hunger,
unnecessary deaths and curable illnesses but they still work under
the influence of money. Such actions help some very poor people and
make the effects of the elitist paradigm more visible. It gives some
arguments that something is very wrong. But society will not change
by charity, it will at the most make the life of some poor people a
little less horrendous.
And though some other people attack the lucrative effects of the
elitist paradigm for elitepeople this will at the best only make
differences in income slightly smaller.
These activities hardly penetrate into the brains of elitepeople.
The cause of the effects is never attacked, only when the cause is
attacked real change is possible. It is imperative that in any
action of masspeople the leading paradigm is undermined and the new
When we conclude that paradigms are living in the brains of people
and that the dominating paradigm gives power to elitepeople than the
power of elitepeople can be undermined by influencing the brain of
In other words, masspeople have to take care that elitepeople are
prevented to profit from the for masspeople disadvantageous ideas in
their heads. They must be prevented to live their exclusive life
that is built on the elitist paradigm, they must be prevented to
profit anymore from the existence of the for them favourable
At the same time a new paradigm must gain ground that offers
masspeople hope on an equal status. Otherwise we remain in the
quagmire in which masspeople suddenly can go down and never can
reach great heights. ~~~